Missouri company braves Fukushima nuclear danger zone to save abandoned pets
6:32 AM, Apr 14, 2011
12:51 PM, Apr 14, 2011
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Lives, homes and business were swept away by the disasters in Japan last month. Now, a Missouri company is trying to help by reuniting man and dog.
"Why am I doing it? Well because I want to help the animals there," Isabella Gallaon-Acki said. "I want to help the people who are trying to get their animals back."
Gallaon-Acki is a member of JEARS, Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support group. The organization along with volunteers from Kinship Circle, based out of St. Louis, is entering radiation contaminated areas of Japan, areas considered so dangerous homeowners aren't allowed in.
JEARS and Kinship are risking their health to rescue animals left behind when their owners were forced out of their homes. Despite both organizations plea to the Japanese Government, officials say they have no plans to deal with animal welfare calling the disaster a "human calamity", words upsetting to animal rescuers like Gallaon-Acki.
"I wish that there was more that we could do. To some extent angry as well that more is not being done to help these animals. I mean I understand the nuclear danger and everything but they're just being left to starve to death basically," Gallaon-Acki says.
The Kinship group also organized animal rescues after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Earthquake in Chile in 2010.